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Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It's more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching.

Christianity is a picture of reality.

It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end.

In The Story of Reality, best-selling author and host of Stand to Reason Gregory Koukl explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. He identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place:

  • God
  • Man
  • Jesus
  • Cross
  • Resurrection

Our story begins with God. He created everything, but something went terribly wrong. So God initiated a rescue plan and entered the world that he had made by becoming like us in Jesus Christ. Jesus saved us from the wrongness in ourselves and in the world through his death on a cross. And how people respond to what he did will determine their future, at the final event of history: the resurrection.

If you are already a Christian, this is your story. Do you know it? If you are not a Christian, this is still your story, because it explains the world in a way that nothing else will. It is a true story - the real story behind every other story we hear.

©2017 Gregory Koukl (P)2017 Zondervan

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Every Christian Needs This Book

For so many believers the Bible is a series of short encouraging sayings that bring comfort and encouragement. Of course there is Jesus and His return, but we tedn to run out of steam after that. In The Story of Reality, Gregory Koukl lays out the big story and once we have that in place it is much easier to determine what does and doesn't fit.

New believer? This book will be a foundation for your faith and rocket fuel for your soul. If like me you have been round a bit longer, and I have been around a long time and am more well read than most, this book is still a breath of fresh air, delivering logic, context and and a beautiful depiction of the scriptural meta-narrative - he paints a wonderful picture of God, His story and our part in it.

Enjoy!

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An Apologetic Primer on the Christian Faith

With a careful blend of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology, Koukl presents the story of the Christian faith with its truths in a persuasive fashion in his own masterful, conversational style. All this makes this book a delightful listen!

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Well worth reading

Wow.
Great book. Not too long and to the point.
Would recommend to all, christians or not.

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  • Robert Eiler
  • 13-02-17

Wow, on point. outstanding!

Wow, this is real reality! Hard to stop listening. From beginning to end, real life. You got to get this book. I have listened to it 4 or 5 times, So glad that the author himself narrated this. it gives his true emotions while telling - teaching us this story of Reality. Bought at least 10 books just to give them away.

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  • John Matthews
  • 31-01-17

Every Christian should have this in their Library.

This was a fantastic book and Greg did a great job of reading it. I think every Christian should have a couple of these books on hand, because it would be a great book to give away to someone that you are sharing the gospel with. I appreciate the fact that this book will be accessible to intellectuals and the laymen alike. it's an awesome book.... Read it or listen to it.

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  • Mark V. Groen
  • 05-02-17

Great Book, Bad Editing

If you could sum up The Story of Reality in three words, what would they be?

Very Important Message

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Very good reading but whoever edited it made lots of errors.

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In all the audiobooks I have listened to I have never heard so many editing errors. You can tell on multiple occasions where the reader started over because he made a mistake and the person editing it didn't get it pasted back together right.

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  • lamepv
  • 16-04-22

A life changing book

I got recommended this book by a friend & he even purchased the physical copy for me. I was at a place in my life that I didn’t believe in God and dismissed His story completely. After listening to this book I have a clearer understanding of what took place on this earth and a better understanding of God and Jesus. Gregory’s voice is easy to listen to and he puts the story in an easy to understand way for us to digest. Highly recommended!

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  • Pancho
  • 08-06-17

Concrete Clear and Concise

Fantastic book, concrete clear and concise explanation​ of the Christian Worldview. I would recommend this to all who claim to be a follower of Christ and to the skeptic although it does not go deep into the evidence, it gives good reasons to believe.

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  • Sheltie Guy
  • 05-04-22

A Refreshing Approach

I loved Greg’s book Tactics. I like this one too. It presents the Christian story in a long nowhere easy to understand way.

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  • Amber
  • 13-03-22

awesome book

Fantastic book. This is such a great illustration of our reality. This book helped me to better understand God's grace.

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  • S. Buchanan
  • 10-03-22

essential

essential listening! loved it and performed so well too! I have been recommending it to my friends and family

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  • C. S. Kimbrel
  • 25-12-21

Excellent

An excellent description of God's plan; God's truth and our transcendent reality!
I highly recommend this book.

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  • 1968Beatnik
  • 29-09-21

Logical, Encouraging and well narrated

This is a well thought-out explanation of Christianity and of Jesus. The author pairs logic with biblical history to provide a compelling description of what it means to our lives now and in the future. I was also impressed by the narrative capabilities of the author himself on this audio version, Share it with those you care about.